OKAN UDO – Storm loses friendly, coach Halilhodzic signals his days may be numbe

Storm loses friendly, coach Halilhodzic signals his days may be numbeTrabzonspor, aka the Black Sea Storm, was beaten 3-1 by German Bundesliga side Augsburg in a warm-up match in Austria on Sunday, and things appear to have fallen apart as Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic signaled that he may be on his way out unless drastic changes are made right now.Any Bundesliga team is capable of beating Trabzonspor and most Turkish teams therefore, the Storm’s loss to Augsburg on Sunday came as little surprise to many.

What was surprising, though, was Halilhodzic’s reaction to that defeat.“We are never happy any time we lose,” he said after the match.

“We played well for 60 minutes, but everything changed within 10 minutes. There is sadness and frustration.

This 10-minute state of sadness and frustration, in other words, means that the players on the field may have good personal skills, but they are not worthy of playing for Trabzonspor,” he noted.“We are in dire need of five foreign and five local players,” he added, alluding to the fact that with the exception of 25-year-old keeper Onur KIvrak, all the other players should be sent packing to make room for 10 new ones.

“We want 10 new players in the shortest possible time, and time is against us. If these demands are not met I am not going to stay, and I really mean it,” he further said.

“In addition, we will need a period of four to five months to build the new team”Whether the Bosnian coach really means what he says or not, his demands do not seem practicable. Think about it: Where on earth will Trabzon find 10 good players to purchase, and where is the money to do so for a team operating on a shoestring budget.

Secondly, Trabzonspor, which will start directly in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League, already has seven foreign players, having recently agreed in principle to acquire Algeria sweeper Carl Medjani from Monaco and sealed the deal with veteran Paraguay striker Oscar Rene Cardozo from Portuguese powerhouse BenficaThe Storm has also boosted its squad with the acquisition of French-born midfielder Fatih AtIk from Guingamp and is on the verge of completing a deal with Kardemir Karabukspor over German-born left back Ishak DoIan.Asked about the transfer of Cardozo, Halilhodzic stated, “Cardozo is only one player, and I have stated explicitly that I want 10.

”Halilhodzic has been around long enough to know that things are easier said than done in football some things are just impossible to fulfill. This is Halilhodzic’s second spell at Trabzonspor, where he worked previously in 2005.

He has also coached in Croatia, France, Ivory Coast, Morocco and Saudi ArabiaHalilhodzic, a former Yugoslav international striker, had a testy relationship with the Algerian Football Federation and the country’s media but emerged a folk hero after Algeria got past the group stage of the World Cup for the first time in four attempts. He rejected pleas from the Algerian president and fans to stay after the World Cup.

The Algerians were beaten 2-1 in extra time by eventual winner Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup.The Bosnian, therefore, knows more than anyone that Trabzonspor is not such a wealthy club that it can acquire 10 players overnight — even Real Madrid and Barcelona cannot.

Furthermore, the Storm has not won the Turkish League title in over three decades, and no one expects the Black Sea side to do so in the foreseeable future. All the fans want is for their team teams to finish in the top four and play in Europe the following season.

Halilhodzic’s outrageous demands seem out of place — to say the very least.“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman